How intellectual property laws stifle popular culture

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 02/05/2000 - 11:21

An Article from Reason Magazine outlines how copywright laws are causing problems for the online community.

There is an inherent conflict between intellectual property rights and freedom of speech, a tension between your right to control a story you\'ve written and my right to use it as raw material for my own work. Thanks to two trends, that tension is turning rapidly into a collision...On one hand, as information has grown more valuable, copyright and trademark law has become increasingly restrictive. At the same time, there has been, in the words of MIT media studies professor Henry Jenkins, an \"explosion of grassroots, participatory culture,\" a new high-tech folkway that not only draws on pop culture but appropriates from it more easily than ever before, and disseminates itself on a wider scale.